The Workplace and the ADA

The average worker faces a multitude of challenges on a daily basis. From the beginning of the day trying to get to work on time, battling commuting traffic and finding a good parking spot to end of day issues such as working late to complete a job, not finishing a project on time or thinking about what can be put off until tomorrow. These are among the common workplace issues faced by workers on a daily basis.

However, the disabled are not typical workers. Everyday millions of people with various types of disabilities go to work like everyone else. However, the problems that disabled workers face are much greater than the average worker. Disabled workers not only have all of the regular issues that the typical worker faces but also needs to worry about accessibility in the workplace, possible discrimination when the workplace isn't handicapped accessible and other rights that make all workers regardless of disability, be equal in the workplace.

To ensure that all workers are treated fairly, the United States government enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. This act barred public and private employers from acts of discrimination in the course of everyday workers such as the hiring, advancement, training, pay rates, termination and other parts of the job. The Act gives employers guidelines on how to make the workplace accessible for all employees and how everyone should be treated equally regardless of disability.

To help understand the rights of the disabled in the workplace, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, below please find some helpful information.

Overview of the ADA

Job Seeker Information on the ADA

Business Information on the ADA

Legal Rights of the Disabled

We hope that this information has been helpful in understanding the needs of the disabled in the workplace. Discrimination of the disabled has been a serious problem in the past. However, with protections provided by the ADA, all workers are now given the same opportunities to be successful.